In the current technological world, smartphones and tablets now have apps for business, fun, and even health.
Health and Fitness Apps
Mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones, operate with applications, or “apps”. Some of the major brands involved, for example, are Apple (iPad, iPhone, iTunes, App Store), Windows, Google Play, Samsung Galaxy, and the Android market. There are apps that help monitor a healthy lifestyle, and some that assist with diet, exercises, stretches, and working out. For GPS tracking and other performance statistics, users can try MapMyFitness. Fitrocracy is helpful for tracking calories burned and setting up regular exercise routines. Many apps are free. My Fitness Pal is a “fitness community site” to keep track of diet and calories. Fooducate assists with “healthy grocery shopping”. HIIT Interval Training can help adjust exercise routines. The Fast Food Calorie Lookup can assist people who eat on the go. Endomondo can also map out exercises.1 There are several applications specific to certain types of exercises, such as yoga. Many of these are also free, including Simply Yoga, Yoga 101, Yoga Face, and iYoga+. There are also apps that are reasonably priced for other exercise and diet assistance.2 Certain apps only operate on certain platforms and devices. Mental health is just as important as physical health. There are applications that can help with meditation, for example. Even “four 20-minute sessions” of meditation can relieve pain by “reducing the brain’s emotional response”. Available apps include Buddhify, Smiling Mind, The Mindfulness App, and more. Meditation can improve mood and focus.3
Accessories for Mobile Devices
Some of the apps use accessory devices that attach to the user to monitor, log, or otherwise help the person achieve fitness, exercise, and health goals. Two such accessories are Nike Fuel Bands and Fitbit. There are wristbands, armbands, and sleeves that can track heart rate, activity, and sleep. There are also bike-mounted accessories.4 Smartphones can also monitor health. Devices, such as Tinke, can “give you a snapshot” of things such as heart and respiratory rates, as well as blood oxygen levels.5 Health information, as well as pictures, can be shared with health care providers.
Chiropractic and Massage Apps
Some apps are instructional, such as ones for massage. Massage Techniques is one such app. Another is called Muscle Trigger Points. Some of the apps for massage are references and contain anatomy information.6 Chiropractors can also take advantage of the new technology. 3D4Medical.com has 3D medical images in a database, and apps for anatomy and the muscular and skeletal systems. They also have images and animations for the shoulders, hips, and knees.7
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